Experience-based gifts for the whole family

By Stephen Gillis

When thinking about what to get your family for the holidays, consider gifting an experience. Experiences are the gifts that keep on giving and will be shared and reminisced for years to come around the dinner table and over cups of coffee. Unlike things, experiences get better the more you share them with others.

Create lifelong memories with those closest to you while doing something a little out of the ordinary. Here is a list of some of the best activities to do while glamping that will make great gifts for the whole family.

Yoga

Get the whole family to disconnect, de-stress, and open your minds while doing yoga on your glamping getaway.

Yoga with the whole family is a great way to expose children to lifelong healthy activities.No matter your age or experience level, yoga can be beneficial in a myriad of ways—breathing techniques for better stamina, mindfulness for clearing away stress, and stretching to ease muscle tension and soreness. See who can hold their downward-facing dog pose the longest!

Horseback riding

Horseback riding in Croatia will get you vistas you won't see anywhere else—a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Few other animals parallel the majesty of the horse. Embrace this beautiful animal with an open spirit to embark on an indelible experience with the kids. Exploring rugged terrains and gorgeous landscapes on horseback will surely fill you and your children with fond family memories and a renewed sense of enchantment.

Safari

Get ready to see rare and endangered wildlife while on a safari in Kenya.

Witness the excitement nature has to offer on a safari in Kenya. Learn about the area's wildlife and ecosystem from the safety of a vehicle at a comfortable distance. Fascination will be the primary emotion when you and your family are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to observe the most impressive animals on our planet.

Canoeing

Explore Washington's coast from the water with a relaxing canoe ride.

Canoeing is family bonding at its finest. Everyone must be in proper balance and rhythm to ensure you remain dry by the time you dock. Navigate the shore and have a glimpse of the coastline from a new perspective. Maybe you'll even encounter some wildlife! As long as life jackets are securely fastened and you don't find yourself without a paddle, your family will be very safe on this adventure—not to mention you will leave having completed a killer arm workout.

Zip-lining

Prepare to get a bird's eye view of the jungle while zip-lining.

Few activities are as thrilling as soaring over the jungle canopy on a zip-line. Feel the fresh, rainforest air roll over you as you zip from one platform to another. Zip-lining is a great way to push the limits of the comfort zone of your family. The feeling is exhilarating, and you will leave a more courageous person. Support one another through the course, and you're in for a spectacular moment for the whole family.

Fishing

At this villa, you'll get the chance to go fishing every day from one of the best locations.

Spending the day patiently waiting for that bite to reel in a big one will be an experience never forgotten. If you are lucky, the fruits of your labor will pay off in the form of a big fish to pose with and show off to all your friends. The virtue of patience will be the biggest lesson learned on this trip—which is a valuable lesson for guests of all ages and experience levels.

Stargazing

When you're coming from the city, stargazing is an activity that is awe-inspiring.

Get out of the city and into the countryside to take a look at the beautiful stars overhead. In the city, we often forget they even exist, but once you see them, you can't stop looking. Stargazing puts everything back into perspective, as you gain a more profound appreciation for the vast scale of the universe.

Using a telescope, you can get a closer look at the moon and other planets if you look hard enough. Try to catch a glimpse of a shooting star, and don't forget to make a wish! It will truly be a dream come true and an experience your family will be craving upon returning to the city.


For some more gift ideas or to see where else you can venture to this holiday season, keep on reading on the Glamping Hub blog!

What we're asking for this holiday season: Our staff wishlist

By Jackie Dreyer

We understand that it can get difficult to surprise your loved ones year after year with new gift ideas, and we're sure that Mom's scarf and candle collection is close to hitting its limit. One thing that never gets old—and doesn't require any wrapping paper (hello, eco-friendly!)—however, is the gift of travel. Giving someone an experience, especially if it's somewhere they've never been before, is one present they'll never forget.

Our staff is chomping at the bit to head to an endless list of accommodations on Glamping Hub, so we had them sit down and write their wish list for this holiday season, choosing the ideal getaway they'd love to see pop up under the tree this year.


"I usually do not travel much during the winter because I dislike the cold, but there is something about this accommodation that seems so unique and cozy that it would be a must-visit during winter. I would love to ski in the Alps! What's not to love?"
— Jessica A., Partnerships Manager

"From when I read Phillip Pullman's book, "Northern Lights," as a child, seeing this wonder of the world has been high on the list of things I want to do. What better way to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience than in an accommodation that is just as unique and spectacular?"
— Nadia, Visual Marketing Designer

"I would love to go here, sleep in the domes, and watch the Northern Lights. Finland is one of the best places in the world to see the Aurora Borealis, and I think it would be the epitome of hygge to drink some yummy, mulled wine in these domes and watch the Aurora dance."
— Lauren, Business Development Manager and Payment Support

"It has always been a dream of mine to travel to northern Scandinavia, and this dome is perfect for seeing the Northern Lights, along with experiencing a true winter."
— Marta, Editor

"I cannot think of a better way to spend New Year's than relaxing in the countryside of Sri Lanka. Starting the year off as I mean for it to go on is very important to me."
— Caroline, Business Development Director

"It's looks like a cool place to relax with my girlfriend. We love Granada, and I've always wanted to try skiing, so it's so convenient to have the Sierra Nevada really close!"
— Arran, Editor

"This yurt looks like the perfect environment for resting, as well as doing outdoor activities, like hiking, biking, and more!"
— Manuel, Financial Planning and Analyst Manager

"I would do a wildlife experience trip so I could take great photos of the animals and native fauna, as well as see the Aurora Borealis."
— Stephen, Marketing and Design Assistant

"I chose this because I've never seen anything like it before. From the custom pools to the vintage and up-cycled decorations, this place would be an awesome getaway."
— Amy, Partnerships Manager

"I would want a secluded and rustic getaway with no electricity or TV. This cabin is on an idyllic farm, and I'd want to spend the days playing guitar by the fire and having a few cold ones over a game of poker with friends, before stargazing at night."
— Neil, Editor and Email Marketing Specialist

"The photos probably don't do it justice—it's completely isolated, has an amazing view, and is perfect for fishing and exploring in isolation."
— Matthew, Host Relationship Specialist

"I chose this because the view from the tree house looks amazing, and it's a once-in-a-lifetime experience! I'd go for a weekend break with my family or friends."
— Amber, Marketing Assistant

"I've been to Morocco before and absolutely loved it, but I never got out to the desert. These tents look amazing, and I bet the stargazing at night is unforgettable."
— Liz, SEO Specialist

"I've always wanted to do a road trip around Morocco (my home country) with the end destination being the Sahara Desert! This accommodation would be the perfect place to relax after a long road trip and a great place to truly enjoy nature."
— Talal, Co-Founder

"I have done a lot of trail running in this area, and it's pretty spectacular! This dome cabin is super unique—it would be a great "base camp" of sorts for both activities and day trips."
— Jeff, COO

"I would love to visit this accommodation; it looks like paradise!"
— Rebecca, Brand Manager

"A trip to this enchanting tree house in France combines two dreams of mine: disappearing to the woods to focus on my writing and staying in a real tree house! The cherry on top for me here is the hot tub on the deck; it's the perfect dose of luxury that will ensure I come back to work relaxed and refreshed."
— Kyomi, Social Media and Ads Manager

"I think it would be ridiculously cool to have a relaxed getaway at a place as idyllic as this one. During the days I'd head off to the Sacred Monkey Sanctuary, the rice terraces, Kelingking Beach, and the Banyumala Twin Waterfalls, before heading back to the retreat for some pampering and pool action."
— Eric, Editor

"We live surrounded by too many things, and our daily lives are full of distractions. I love the idea of spending a romantic getaway in this accommodation, which offers what you need to experience JOMO (Joy Of Missing Out)and focus on what's important: your relationship."
— Rocio, Operations Manager

"I would like to walk the Appalachian Trail and spend a night in this amazing cabin along the way."
— Danny, Business Development Manager

"When I was a kid, we had a tree house in my backyard. I've grown up a lot since then, but I will never outgrow the sense of adventure a tree house gives my inner child."
— Jessica I., Key Account Manager


Don't want to choose? Surprise your loved one with a gift card, so they can decide what their dream vacation is all on their own!